Trump says will sign something 'pre-emptive' on immigration border policy

Breaking: Trump announces he will sign an executive action to end family separation

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"For those children still in Border Patrol custody, we are reuniting them with parents or legal guardians returned to Border Patrol custody following prosecution", a CBP spokesperson said in the statement.

Addressing Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence spoke publicly on the issue for the first time at the meeting, ultimately echoing Mr. Trump's call for Congress to address family separation by a more permanent means.

The confusion in the House is unfolding as tensions are running high over the debate on family separations at the border.

Trump said he didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.

But nothing in his order mentioned the fate of the more than 2,300 migrant children in federal custody - including hundreds housed at various locations in NY.

Pressed on the option to use executive action, Trump said "you can't do it through an executive order".

'Until then, we will enforce every law we have on the books to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States'.

The inaction sparked worldwide outrage, including criticism from Pope Francis and opposition from world leaders.

"We will be going through Congress".

"We were never going to be able to promise an outcome but we could promise an effort and a fair process and that is what is being delivered on today", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans still were trying to round up votes but he did not sound confident.

One migrant, known in the complaint by her initials M.G.U., said that she and her three sons aged 2, 6 and 13, fled Guatemala after her family faced death threats.

Senate Republicans, fearing Trump's action will not withstand a legal challenge and eager to go on record opposing the administration's policy, have unveiled their own legislation to keep detained immigrant families together.

So what happens to the children who have been separated from their parents? He signed an executive order to stop the separations but it was unclear how children already taken from their parents would be reunited.

ICE operates two large family detention centers in Texas and a smaller facility in Pennsylvania, with a combined capacity for about 3,000 beds. That's because of the Flores Agreement, a 1997 government settlement that says children can not be detained in federal facilities for more than 20 days.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi strongly criticized the GOP immigration bills, calling them "anti-family" while charging they "perpetuate" child detention.

A separate case by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging family separations - but not the "zero tolerance" policy - argues that families have the right to remain unified.

"There is still some work to be done as we grapple with the immigration issues", Meadows said. The government keeps track of the children with a unique identifier called an "alien number". The judge previously rejected an Obama administration request to modify the consent decree in light of a surge of immigrants from Central America. It was only in April when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a zero-tolerance policy for all undocumented border crossings that the numbers of separated families ballooned.

The president's policy retreat followed a withering attack by Republican and Democratic officials who characterized the family separations as inhumane.

Trump's plans to sign an executive order appeared to catch legislative leaders off guard.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said he hoped his measure would be matched with legislation in the U.S. Congress.

The Department of Health and Human Services said there are 12,000 children in custody after entering at the border.

The House of Representatives will vote on a Republican immigration bill aimed at halting the taking of immigrant children from parents being detained for illegally entering the US.

Ryan said House leadership is not considering a narrower measure that would only address the family separation crisis, as some members of the chamber have advocated.

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